>> Seoul says it's dashed hopes of peace. North Korea, firing a ballistic missile into waters off its east coast on Sunday. Its second missile test in a week, and what military officials in the South say appears to be an upgraded version. South Korea's new liberal government had hoped for improved relations with their reclusive neighbor, but North Korea has defied all calls to reign in its nuclear missile programs, even from China, its lone, major ally.
Pyongyang has been working to develop a nuclear missile capable of striking the US mainland. And on Saturday, they said they'd reached to their goal. The western missile experts say that claim is exaggerated. And according to an official traveling with Donald Trump in Saudi Arabia, the White House noted that this missile had a shorter range than the three previous tests.
Experts saying North Korea seems to be perfecting two types of missiles, solid fueled and liquid fueled, which may help explain the surge in testing. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the latest action was a snub and a challenge to international efforts for a peaceful resolution.>>
> South Korea, calling it reckless and irresponsible.
Their new president, Moon Jae-in, has barely been in office for two weeks. He was a elected with a mandate of a more moderate approach to the North, seeking to reduce tension on the peninsula.